How Untreated Depression Leaves You More Lonely

How Untreated Depression Leaves You More LonelyDepression is a mental disorder that affects a person psychologically and physiologically. It can be caused by disruptive life circumstances such as the loss of a loved one or by genetic factors. Imbalances in the natural chemistry of the brain keep depressed individuals from feeling good about themselves, their relationships and their lives. A depressed person can be surrounded by people who love them and still feel painfully alone.

Depression and Substance Abuse

Many people with untreated depression will unknowingly self-medicate their emotional pain with drugs, alcohol or compulsive behavior. The high these substances or activities bring does provide relief from the symptoms of depression, but this relief is short lived and ultimately destructive. Substance abuse invariably causes distance between the user and the people he or she loves. Substance also frequently leads to psychological and physical addiction which can fuel depression even more. Effective treatment for co-occurring depression and substance abuse issues is available.

How Depression Treatment Works

No two people are the same, and no two cases of depression are exactly the same. The most effective treatment programs start with a careful and thorough diagnosis of depression and any co-occurring concerns such as addictions or compulsive or self-destructive behaviors. A customized treatment plan is drawn up for each patient that includes any of the following effective therapies:

  • Private one-on-one counseling
  • Support group meetings
  • Medical care as needed
  • Introduction to healthy new activities, distractions and diversions
  • Development of effective coping skills
  • Chemical dependency treatment as needed
  • Spiritual care

Therapy is often most effective in a full-time residential facility, but outpatient options are available as well. Only a trained expert in depression can determine the best treatment approach for each patient. Depression often prevents a person from finding the help he or she needs by creating feelings of shame, hopelessness, loneliness, anger and denial. However depression will not get better without professional help.

Find Help for Your Depression Today

Life is too short to waste beneath a cloud of depression. Call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night, and let one of our specially trained counselors answer any questions you may have about depression and treatment options. You are not alone, so please call our helpline today.